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Friends of the Montana Constitution is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that celebrates and supports the Montana Constitution and the people, processes and places that helped to create it fifty years ago in 1972.

Montana's State Constitution 50th Anniversary

The purposes of Friends of the Montana Constitution shall include but not be limited to promoting and enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the 1972 Montana Constitution; advancing civics education at all levels about the 1972 Montana Constitution; and recognizing and celebrating the 1972 Constitutional Convention and its delegates.

Friends of the Montana Constitution (FMC)

Avenues for becoming a friend/supporter include:

  • Writing a Letter-to-the-Editor or guest column  
  • Helping organize a Constitutional education event in your community 
  • Becoming a financial donor (Use “Donate” button at bottom of page)
  • Applying to be on the FMC Speaker’s Bureau
  • Buying a T-Shirt or other FMC merchandise (See Merchandise section)
  • Other actions as defined by the Board

Honorary Members

  • Former Governor Ted Schwinden (posthumous 1925-2023)
  • Former Governor Marc Racicot
  • Former Governor Brian Schweitzer
  • Former Governor Steve Bullock
  • Former U.S. Senator / Ambassador Max Baucus

Legacy Members – Delegates to 1972 Constitutional Convention

  • Franklin Arness (Libby, now Milton, Delaware)
  • Mae Nan [Robinson] Ellingson (Missoula)
  • Gene Harbaugh (Fort Peck, now Carlsbad, New Mexico)
  • Lynn Sparks Keeley (Butte, now Mesa, AZ)
  • Jerry Loendorf (Helena)
  • Lyle Monroe (Great Falls, now Mesa, AZ)
  • Marshall Murray (Kalispell, now Forest Grove, Oregon)
  • Arlyne Reichert (Great Falls)
  • Bob Vermillion (Shelby, now Great Falls)

Legacy Members – Research Analysts for 1972 Constitutional Convention

  • Rick Applegate (Declaration of Rights)
  • Roger Barber (Revenue & Finance)
  • Rich Bechtel (Legislative)
  • Karen Beck Caplis (Executive)
  • James Grady (General Government, Suffrage & Constitutional Amendments)
  • Jerry Holloron (Local Government)
  • Bruce Sievers (Education & Public Lands) 

    Legacy Members – Key Staff for 1972 Constitutional Convention

    • Diana Schutte Dowling (ConCon Counsel and Style & Drafting Committee)
    • Max Baucus (ConCon Committee Coordinator & Interim Executive Director)
    • Ed Smith (ConCon Rostrum Reading Clerk)

      Legacy Member – 1969-71 Constitutional Revision Commission

      • Former State Senator & Cascade County Commissioner Harry Mitchell, Great Falls

        Legacy Members – 1972 Constitutional Convention Interns

        Maureen Callahan Wicks
        Kathleen Sullivan Perrick
        Holly Darlington Kaleczyc
        Steve Jones
        Bob Buzzas
        Dodge Leary
        Mark Bowlds
        Kandice Hauf
        Kayle Jackson
        Ray Perryman
        Nancy Lien
        Mike Larum
        Randy Gray
        Blake Johnson
        Jeff Rupp
        Kurt Krueger
        Pat Chvatal
        Mona Early Mitzel
        Gary Graham
        Lee Ann Jersey
        John Murphy
        Ed Shannon
        Bob Skaggs
        Don Walchuk

        Legacy Members – Immediate Family & Descendants of ConCon Delegates

        Listed by Delegate (In Caps)

        BETTY BABCOCK
        Lorna Babcock Kuney
        Phoebe Williams

        GRACE BATES
        Debbie Bates Finkbeiner

        BEN BERG
        Barbara (Babs) Berg Leaphart


        CHET BLAYLOCK
        Kathryn Blaylock Hurtley

        BOB CAMPBELL
        Elizabeth Campbell
        T.J. Campbell

        LOUISE CROSS
        Catherine Cross Maple
        Emily Cross
        Greg Cross

        CARL DAVIS
        Martha Davis
        Susan Briggs
        Carl Davis, Jr.
        Alice Huttunen
        Steve Davis

        WADE DAHOOD
        Nancy Dahood
        Jeff Dahood
        Wade James Dahood
        Brett Dahood

        MAURICE DRISCOLL
        Geralyn Driscoll
        Eric Driscoll Larson
        Beth Larson
        Jeanne Driscoll Larson
        Julie Loessberg

        Mike Nugent
        Anna Nugent
        Janice Driscoll Nugent
        Maureen O’Leary
        Roberta O’Leary
        Bill McDonald

        DOROTHY ECK
        Diana Eck

        DON FOSTER
        Maelynn Foster-Hudson

        LEO GRAYBILL, JR.
        Ben Graybill

        Turner Graybill & Jessica Crist

        OTTO HABEDANK
        Otto Kendall Habedank
        Barbara Habedank
        Kathryn Habedank

        DAN HARRINGTON
        Dan Harrington
        Cathleen Harrington Coleman
        Bryce Harrington

        ARNOLD JACOBSON
        Susan Jacobson Duncan

        TORREY JOHNSON
        Tori Johnson-Gleich
        Philip B. Johnson
        Gina Johnson Stevens
        Tempe Johnson Javitz

        BOB NOBLE
        Baron Noble

        ARLYNE REICHERT
        Cheryl Reichert
        Robert Reichert
        Claire Reichert Baiz
        Greg Reichert
        Elizabeth Reichert
        Scott McBroom
        Cari Reichert McBroom

        DON SCANLIN
        Steve Scanlin
        Betsy Scanlin

        JOHN SCHLITZ
        Kathe Schlitz McDaniels

        CARMEN SKARI
        Tala Skari
        Lisa Skari

        EDITH VAN BUSKIRK
        Alex Laughnan
        Mary Van Buskirk

        ROGER WAGNER
        Laura Wagner
        Barbara Wagner
        Rachel Wagner Mark

        BOB WOODMANSEY
        Alan Woodmansey
        Karl Woodmansey

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